James Anderson ruled out of 5th Ashes Test

England bowler James Anderson will miss the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia after failing to recover from a side strain.

Captain Alastair Cook on Wednesday said Anderson, who suffered the injury in the third Test at Edgbaston, was still around a week away from full fitness having only returned on Tuesday to bowl in the nets.

“Unfortunately, he’s not going to make it,” Cook said. “He’s gutted about it. He’s made really good progress from where he was at Edgbaston but this is a week or so too soon.

“He bowled in the nets yesterday but at about 60-70 per cent and that’s not how you go into a game. He’s really gutted. The medical team have been brilliant with him but he’s still about a week away.”

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